May 8, 2014 Subject:
No blockbuster, but entertaining.
October 24, 2013 Subject:
Good Cast -- Weak Comedy
This attempt at romantic comedy features an absurd, disjointed plot that switches gears every ten minutes until you and it can't figure out where it's going. You have to wonder if director Frank Ross had any control of the situation, and if he did, shame on him. Even screwball comedies need to have at the least some element of believibility. This one doesn't. More often silly rather than funny, scenes like the ladies' club lunchin actually are painful to watch. Bottoming things out the chemistry between Joan Caulfield and David Niven is non-existent. Brief slapstick scenes and Joan Caulfield's sexy dream sequence are this misfire's only redeeming features. (Incidentally, the correct title is "The Lady Says No") 21/2 stars
Joan Caulfield as Dorinda Hatch
David Niven as Bill Shelby
James Robertson Justice as Matthew Hatch
Lenore Lonergan as Goldie
Frances Bavier as Aunt Alice Hatch
Peggy Maley as Midge
Henry Jones as Potsy
Jeff York as Goose
George Davis as Warf Rat Bartender
Robert Williams as General Schofield
Mary Lawrence as Mary
Other films on IA with David Niven as of this date:
There Goes The Bride (David Niven's film debut), 1932
Eternally Yours, 1939
The First of the Few aka Spitfire (Leslie Howard's last film), 1942
The Way Ahead aka The Immortal Battalion, 1944
May 12, 2011 Subject:
Everything but his gonads
The battle of the sexes is alive and well in this bizarre little satire about a misandrist who authors a book warning other women about the hazards of getting involved with men. Certainly possessing the courage of her convictions (and in anticipation of our current state of affairs, about which far fewer people are laughing, these days), she wages her own personal war, but one in which she gets lots of help and encouragement. She slugs, rips, tears, and gives David Niven a "Soupy Sales moment" with a slice of banana creme pie. Other guys in the film come in for their share, too; men are clearly at a disadvantage in this situation. By the end of the movie, though, she discovers how her belligerence is making her life a misery, which is something that both men and women are still trying to say to today's radical militants.
In a way, the story in this film reminds me of Puccini's opera, Turandot, which is also about how a courageous suitor melts the heart of a man-hating ice queen. Guess the trope is rather timeless.
'rsoona' has some interesting things to say about the background of this film and how it came to be produced on the IMDb user reviews page for it.
September 12, 2010 Subject:
A superb movie all around
This was wonderfully delightful, enjoyable and entertaining, well-acted romantic comedy.
It has my highest recommendation.
Along with David Niven, Francis Bavier is in this, you know... Aunt Bea from Mayberry.
July 3, 2009 Subject:
A very pleasant and entertaining film. It's light hearted and silly---and that makes it worth watching.
June 24, 2006 Subject:
This movie appears to be a prototype for the Doris Day romantic comedy. The musical track is similar to a cartoon, with the brass 'wah-waaah...' = (uh-oh) type cues. It suffers from not being in Technicolor and the period it was produced is too early. In order for this type of movie to work everything has to be styled to look extremely artificial.